Busy girl, 10, finds time to give the homeless a helping hand GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

February 17, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

She's a first-place winner in the First Virginia Bank's Maryland Student Art Competition, current Maryland National Preteen Miss Personality, reigning Junior Miss Fire Prevention of Anne Arundel County, Girl Scout, member of the Pride of Maryland Majorettes, and an honor roll student.

At 10 years old, Amber Lynn Coffman already has accrued an impressive resume of awards and activities. Her most recent endeavor is a program that addresses the problems of the homeless.

"Happy Helpers for the Homeless" is a project developed by Amber to involve area youth in the homeless problem. She has modeled it after Simple Sacrifices, a food service project that prepares 750 food boxes each Saturday to be served to the homeless on Sundays when most soup kitchens are closed.

"I wanted to start one for my own age because I want younger kids to help out," said Amber. "We'll meet at my apartment on Saturdays and make about 50 sandwiches to start with, until we get better [organized]."

Amber already has distributed fliers at her school, Glen Burnie Park Elementary, looking for volunteers. She is hoping to recruit enough helpers to get the project under way in the next few weeks.

Amber and her mother, Bobbi, started working with the homeless almost two years ago when they discovered Sarah's House, a homeless shelter in Fort Meade.

"I really wanted to work with the homeless, so my mom looked through the newspaper and found Sarah's House. My mom and I would help out by watching the kids or cleaning out the storerooms," said Amber.

In addition to her community work, Amber also is very interested in beauty pageants. She recently won the title of Maryland's Little Miss Queen of Hearts and is preparing for two pageants in the spring.

Students interested in joining Amber's project can contact her or her mother at 766-4973.

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The Girl Scouts are coming! The Girl Scouts are coming! Yes, the Glen Burnie Mall will be the site of the third annual Girl Scout Jamboree, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Girls from all over the county have been invited to participate in the many activities scheduled, including craft tables, a flag ceremony, two fashion shows and a campsite.

"This is a Thinking Day Celebration," said event coordinator Lynne Kampe. "This year the theme is 'Girl Scouts Care For The Earth.' "

Members of Maryland's Save Our Streams will be at the jamboree to show the Scouts the effect of pollution on the environment.

While the girls are learning and having fun, they also will be collecting contributions for nonprofit organizations.

"We're accepting donations of canned food for Harvest for the Hungry, which we will deliver to the Salvation Army," said Ms. Kampe. "We're also collecting good new and used books for 'Right To Read.' The books will be given out at area nursing homes, pediatric wards and shelters."

The Scouts also are collecting toiletry articles that will be given as kits to children in the foster care system through the program "Kids Helping Kids."

Several of the Cadet/Senior Scouts will produce a fashion show at noon and 2 p.m. The girls will model clothing from Mariannes, Mariannes Plus, Rave, Christies, Marvin's Sport City, Foot Locker and Kinney Shoes. The day's activities are open to the public.

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A polka party to benefit "God's Special Children" will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday at La Fontaine Bleu.

Admission is $16 per person and includes dinner, beer, soda and snacks. Two bands, Tommy Thomas and Class Act, will entertain with a variety of music, from polkas to Top 40.

"God's Special Children" is a nonprofit foundation that benefits mentally retarded people and their families.

For ticket information, call 255-2419 or 285-0547. Tickets also are available at the door.

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Glen Burnie may not be New Orleans, but that won't stop a Mardi Gras celebration with the Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus. Guests are encouraged to don a masquerade and enjoy dinner and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, at the Columbian Center, 335 N. Ritchie Highway.

A ticket price of $15 includes a dinner of Cajun chicken and rice, an open bar and dancing to music by the Playboys.

For ticket information, call 647-1118 or 987-1816.

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Messiah United Methodist Church has scheduled an open registration for its 1993-94 preschool program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the church hall, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.

The accredited preschool program offers half-day programs for children ages 2 to 4.

For information on the program, call the church office, 761-1941.

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The Baltimore Commodore Users' Group is meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at the North County Library.

Members meet once a month to address the questions and ideas of Commodore computer owners. Their interests include word processing, desktop publishing, graphics, video, music, telecommunications and data management. The group has a Commodore 64/128 and AMiga public domain library that reflects the varied interests of its members. All members have access to the library's collection of programs, videos and magazines.

For membership information, call Pat Anthony, 760-2047 or Joe Korczynski, 760-9764.

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The Glen Burnie Chapter of Parents Without Partners is having a dance, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall, Solley and Fort Smallwood roads.

The dance is open to the public.

Admission is $7 and includes a cash bar. Members who attend the chapter meeting before the dance receive a reduced admission of $5.

For ticket information, call 761-5945 or 437-4636.

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